Archive for December, 2009

The Top Delaware Political Stories of 2009

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The News Journal is soliciting our ideas for the top Delaware political stories of 2009 on Twitter (@DialogueDelaware). Here is my top 10 list. Feel free to argue and add your own ideas! 10. Mike Castle announces plans to leave his U.S. House seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden […]

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End Of 2009 Open Thread

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I can’t say that I’m sorry to see this year go away. The year started out with such promise, with a brand new president but ended up being the year of horrible recession, angry townhallers, celebrity deaths and celebrity/politician sex scandals. Here’s hoping that 2010 is better than 2009! This week we found out that […]

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The Year In Takedowns

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The Year In Takedowns

I stumbled across this post by the editors of Foreign Policy – “The year in takedowns.” Here’s their list: 10. Glenn Greenwald on Jeffrey Rosen’s profile of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in The New Republic. I love that one, it’s totally sweet! 9. Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic on airport security 8. Stephen Holmes […]

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The White House Smacks Dick Around

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The White House Smacks Dick Around

After Dick Cheney emerged from Potterville to chime in about the attempted terrorist attack on Flight 253, the White House responded on its blog. To put it simply: this President is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action. Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from al Qaeda and […]

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Rachel Maddow Calls Out “Chatty Cathy” Cheney And The Parroting Press

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If you haven’t watched the video below, please do so.  Rachel Maddow, calmly and professionally, dismantles every bit of garbage spewing out of our former Vice President’s mouth.  And, isn’t it ironic that a man who spent the majority of the last eight years in an undisclosed location is now seeking the spotlight with a […]

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Late Night Video

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Fearmongering = $$$

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Republicans have been jumping on the bandwagon to criticize President Obama because of the failed terror attack on Christmas Day. Some have been using the incident for fundraising, look at Rep. Pete Hoekstra (who is running for governor of Michigan): They just don’t get it. The system didn’t “work” here. Far from it! It is […]

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Wednesday Open Thread

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It’s Wednesday and it’s open thread time again! I know you’re probably going through withdrawal because we didn’t have one yesterday. Well, your wait is over! Dick Cheney is a dick: “As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are […]

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Party Before Country

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On Christmas Day, a flaming crotch bomber tried to take down a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit. Luckily for us, he was as incompetent as shoe bomber Richard Reid and failed thanks to the passengers and crew on the airplane. As I stated yesterday, I think this incident exposed some unclosed loopholes and weaknesses in […]

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Late Night Video

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The Great Big End of Year Polling Post

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This has been a year of transition. We saw in 2009 the first non-white President take office, markets came crashing down, jobs lost, political parties realigning themselves and lots of people angry about either what they want their government to give them or what they don’t want from government. Blogs have sprung up and blogs have shut down and some have been reshuffled. An entire industry has departed Delaware, and new ones are showing some green shoots through the scarred landscape.

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Hypocrisy Alert!

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How did I miss this? Mr. Traditional Marriage, Karl Rove, gets divorced.  And… it isn’t his first one.  Oh, sweet hypocrisy!  So much for those traditional little clauses, such as:  “till death do us part” and “that which God has brought together, let no man put asunder.”

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Let Me Be The First To Say… This Will Fail

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Tucker Carlson is planning to start a blog to rival Huffington Post.  And, right away, he tells us what to expect. He said that he wants to emphasize original reporting. “We don’t simply want to be parasites of other news sites,” he said. “We want to be creators of news,” though he added, “We’re not […]

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Bulo Remembers 2009-The Year in Television

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Before this couch potato goes to the ‘experts’, my #1 viewing experience this year was without a doubt the Obama Inauguration. A truly historic and inspirational event well-covered. Made even better by the booing of the wheelchair-bound (did he think he’d get sympathy by pulling that stunt?) Dick Cheney. TV Reference: Dick Cheney as Guy […]

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If an actual Socialist can support HCR, why can’t the purists?

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By now, you are all aware that the division between purists and pragmatists among us liberals and Democrats has reached the calm shores of Delaware Liberal. Now, I speak only for myself here, but one of the reasons I feel so angry at the purists is all the good the bill does do, which the […]

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The Next Battle – Cap and Trade

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This isn’t looking good. Via Matt Yglesias: Lisa Lerer’s Politico piece on how moderate Senate Democrats don’t want to do a cap-and-trade bill is extremely frustrating. Neither Mary Landrieu nor Ben Nelson nor Evan Bayh nor Kent Conrad nor Mark Pryor seems to want to say that they don’t think climate change is real. Nor […]

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Best TV and Songs from the Decade of Hell

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Not since the 1930’s and 1940’s has America suffered so many tragedies and challenges, whether they be in the form of economic collapse, an enemy attack and resulting war, or natural disaster. This decade, which I hereby declare to named the Two Thousands just because the other names Aughts or Oughts are stupid sounding, is […]

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Fix This

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By now you’ve probably all heard about the attempted terror incident on NW 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day. The accused terrorist wannabe, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, is the son of a Nigerian banker. He had a valid U.S. Visa issued in 2007 (obviously Obama’s fault). He was carrying 80 grams of PETN explosive […]

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A Modest Proposal for the Media

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One of my favorite media critics/scholars is Jay Rosen who has a proposal for fixing the mess that is the Sunday talk shows:

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Chart of the Day

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Chart of the Day

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Bonus Late Night Video

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Late Night Video

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Time-Lapse Favs from Chad Richard on Vimeo.

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This Can’t Be Right

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The Obama Administration asked for funds to buy a prison in Illinois to transfer Gitmo prisoners to: Rebuffed this month by skeptical lawmakers when it sought finances to buy a prison in rural Illinois, the Obama administration is struggling to come up with the money to replace the Guantánamo Bay prison. As a result, officials […]

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Monday Afternoon Quick Hits

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Today we have some more hypocrisy and lies from a Republican, more examples of Obama failure (i.e. accomplishments) for our purist friends, and some wise advice on what the U.S. should do during the Green Revolution in Iran (i.e. look at the example of the Velvet Revolution).

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South Philly Shall Rise Again!

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The Philadelphia chapter of Teabagging goodness has split into north and south groups, the latter representing South Philly and the former representing the Northeast. Let the Civil War jokes commence.

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